62 Erato

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62 Erato
62Erato (Lightcurve Inversion).png
Lightcurve-based 3D-model of Erato
Discovered by Oskar Lesser
Wilhelm Julius Foerster
Discovery date 14 September 1860
MPC designation (62) Erato
Pronunciation /ˈɛrət/ ERR-ə-toh
Named after
main-belt · (middle)
Orbital characteristics
Epoch December 31, 2006 (JD 2454100.5)
Aphelion 550.315 Gm (3.679 AU)
Perihelion 383.868 Gm (2.566 AU)
467.092 Gm (3.122 AU)
Eccentricity 0.178
2015.178 d (5.52 a)
Inclination 2.223°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 95.4 km
5.675±0.001 h[2]
0.061 [3]
BU (Tholen)

62 Erato (/ˈɛrət/ ERR-ə-toh) is a carbonaceous Themistian asteroid from the outer region of the asteroid belt, approximately 95 kilometers in diameter.

Erato is the first asteroid to have been credited with co-discoverers, Oskar Lesser and Wilhelm Forster, who discovered it on September 14, 1860, from the Berlin Observatory, it was their first and only asteroid discovery. The name was chosen by Johann Franz Encke, director of the observatory, and refers to Erato, the Muse of lyric poetry in Greek mythology.[4] It has also been classified as an Eoan asteroid.[2]


  1. ^ "Small Bodies Data Ferret". Nesvorny HCM Asteroid Families V3.0. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Alvarez-Candal, Alvaro; et al. (December 2004), "Rotational lightcurves of asteroids belonging to families", Icarus, 172 (2): 388–401, Bibcode:2004Icar..172..388A, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2004.06.008. 
  3. ^ Asteroid Data Sets Archived 2010-01-17 at WebCite
  4. ^ Lutz D. Schmadel, Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, p.21.

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